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is we have a unique opportunity to do something big. we have a chance to stabilize america's finances for a decade, for 15 years or 20 years. if we're willing to seize the moment. what that would require would be some shared sacrifice and a balanced approach that says we're going to make significant cuts in domestic spending. and i have already said i'm willing to take down domestic spending to the lowest percentage of our overall economy since dwight eisenhower. it also requires cuts in defense spending. and i've said that in addition to the $400 billion that we've already cut from defense spending we're willing to look for hundreds of billions more. it would require us taking on health care spending. and that includes looking at medicare and finding ways that we can stabilize the system so that it is available not just for this generation but for future generations. and it would require revenues. it would require, even as we're asking the person who needs a student loan or the senior citizen or, you know, people -- veterans who are trying to get by on a disability check, even as we'
temperature. and when you pile on the humidity, it's a huge difference maker. the big question people have is, when is this going to end? when can we expect some relief? the changes are going to come. we're going to see a lot of the temperatures begin to revert back to where they should be this time of year, into the 70s, the 80s, and some places in the 90s. but that's going to feel better than what you're going to get today. 99 will be your high, expected in new york today. 98 in boston. 102 in our nation's capital. 90s in chicago, back into kansas city, 100 in dallas. and the heat continues into the front range of rockies, the central rockies, and even back to the great basin. the big changes we're going to see, from the highs in the 100s and upper 90s, will come from the big dome of high pressure we've had, that's been over at least half the nation. we'll see this big ridge begin to break down. and when it breaks down, it will create a void, and then a frontal boundary will replace it. it's not going to be frigid, but it will take an edge off that heat in places like boston, chicago, and p
the votes to pass the harry reid plan in the united states senate. now this is not that big a surprise. in fact, we always knew he was going to have problems passing the bill. however, the wrinkle comes when the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell puts out a letter just a little while ago essentially telling the world that he had 43 republicans assigned on opposing senator reid's bill. you see it, part of the text, given the nation's enormous future spending challenges, it will be irresponsible to gift president this unprecedented additional borrowing authority without requiring the enactment of significant spending reductions and reforms. so 43 republicans say they will not vote for the bill as it is written. and mccain -- i'm sorry, mcconnell is pressing this point by saying he would like to see a vote now on the senate floor. but republicans would like a little time to work on the language and perhaps scare up some more support. let's listen to what mcconnell said a little while ago on the senate floor. >> so we have the astonishing development here that my good friend, the maj
: it is a huge moment for u.s. women's soccer. can they beat back france today? that is the big question. you know what? so many people around the world, as well as people watching them in germany, are actually rooting and cheering for the u.s. they are the favorites to win the world cup. i mean, they just had an incredible performance. you know? here you see them practicing. they had this incredible match against brazil and in the last minute, they scored a goal and then ended up winning on penalty shoot-outs. everyone is still buzzing about how i credible it was. so the question is can they pull it off today? and what many people are saying is that they have got the fitness, they have got the never say die attitude and they hope that they can manage it today. you know, they are very fit and the french have to work their da derrieres off today. >> i think they all will be working their derrieres off. what do you think? you've been watching this closely. >> you've got germany out. that was a huge team and the favorites to win the competition in germany. they got booted out. the brazilians, a
this isn't the end, this is the beginning of a new chapter, but the big question remains is what does the next chapter entail? talking up live here from the kennedy space center over the next couple of hours, a special guest including bob crippen, the first of two astronauts to fly up on sts 1 back in 1981. we'll talk to him of what happened then and what he thinks of this whole 30-year era and his thoughts on what's next. also, the man who built the engine of this current rocket, of the current space shuttle "atlantis," and he has some reservations about sort of the nebulous -- the nebulous outlook for manned space flight. a lot more coming at you. just heard the rain picking up again, and if we hear anything more about that possible lightning strike near that launchpad, which is just about three miles over my shoulder, we'll bring it to you live. edie, back knew you in atlanta. >> not what they want to hear or see out there. we'll join you again in a few minutes. >>> now a scandal that's worthy of tabloid headlines itself. journalists working for "news of the world," one of the bigg
casey anthony, big day. she's getting out of jail on sunday. will you be doing some commentary this weekend? or are you taking this weekend off? >> i may very well, but certainly i'll be talking about it on monday morning. >> have a good weekend, whatever you might end up doing. good to see you as always. thank you so much for being here with me in the cnn news room. i of course will be with you tomorrow and sunday. >>> the president said he's willing to think small if he has to in order to break the stalemate over raising the debt limit. also new apologies from media mogul rupert murdoch. he met with the family of a murdered teenager whose phone was hacked by his now defunct tabloid. there are fast-moving developments in this scandal. it's ungulfing his entire news empire. and as casey anthony prepares to get out of jail on sunday, will she shun the media spotlight or will she try to capitalize on her supposed fame? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> president obama back at the bully pulpit for the second time this week to make sure ameripay bill. he went bef
to engage in serious negotiations. >> so, now what is the big question? speaker boehner will rebut the president just about 14 minutes from now. we'll take you there live. in his letter to his colleagues, he said his preference now is to work on a plan in the congress. but the president expects the house and the senate leaders of both parties at the white house saturday morning. is this just theater before a deal or a recipe for gridlock and maybe an economy shattering government default? chief white house correspondent jessi jessica yellin, and kate bolduan, and gloria borger here, jess, the speaker doesn't want to negotiate anymore, and this is not a president known for his anger or his temper, but he seemed pretty piqued. >> reporter: this was the president hitting by far his most frustrated, fed-up note during the debt negotiations by far, john. we heard him say that the republicans just don't know how to say yes. that he offered the most generous package he could. in short he said that he offered them a deal that democrats just didn't like. he was basically saying he was enrag
to the european style of big government, that his policies have set in motion. to democrats in washington, the answer isn't to cut spending, but to raise taxes and keep on spending. republicans believe we must solve our debt crisis. and we believe we can solve it if democrats will work with us. >> all right. we do have our correspondents up early this morning. athena jones at the white house for us this morning, also our joe johns, keeping an eye on capitol hill. joe, let me start with you, forget all the symbolic votes, the one we saw yesterday could see another one today this early afternoon. forget that stuff. what is a real possibility of happening right now? how are they going to get this done? >> okay. first, you got to say, this is a poisonous environment on capitol hill and in washington in general, but the way the democrats have been able to do this before is they've reached out to a group of potentially persuadable senators in the middle. these would be people who can sort of move in, take a look at this thing, try to fashion some kind of language that you might call a compromis
and what doesn't get paid. another big story right now, a massive and dangerous heat wave is gripping much of the nation. here's how it looks and feels across the country. take a look at the red quarter. temperatures expected to reach 104 degrees in parts of texas today, in the southeast, temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and more than just uncomfortable, it's dangerous. heat has already claimed the life of at least one person in illinois and adding to that, the heat is causing drought conditions in the deep south to intensify. also this morning, hundreds of thousands still without power in the chicago area after strong thunderstorms rolled through. officials warn the power there might not be back on until saturday. let's go live to rob marciano outdoors this morning, silly rob, in atlanta's piedmont park. sun still not up, so it's still probably manageable there. but a lot of the south waking up this morning to 80 degrees overnight or higher. >> yeah. that's the thing. really hasn't cooled down much overnight, ali. even if you're out before the sun comes up you're still fee
an agreement here that i hope they will consider supporting. >> and the next big area is the debt committee, as you call it, and the question is how do they guarantee absolutely that you get the kind of deficit reduction you are looking for, because we have had, with all due respect, committees in the past and they have not done so well, one very recently, and how do you hold fair feet to the fire? there is talk of triggers to make sure if they do not do their work congress will be forced to cut. >> first of all, we have not had anything like this. this is a joint committee of congress. it's not a commission that consists of outsiders. it's a joint committee of congress with an equal number of republicans and democrats, under enormous pressure from the american people, from the markets, foreign countries looking at us to see if we're going to get our house in order, to come up with significant additional savings over and above the initial ones that we will approve before the end of this year, and entitlement reform is absolutely critical. for example, the -- the trustees of the medicare and
this thing started last sunday. as you say, the president has said he wants this big deal, but this thing broke up today. the meeting ended with the president telling these leader toss go back to their members and ask them what do they think can pass and then report back to the president with something that they believe can pass by this saturday morning. they're not even having a meeting tomorrow. now, despite all that, i am told by my sources that there's not a lot of optimism that this particular negotiating process here at the white house is going to actually end up lead together real deal, and a lot of effort and attention is now turning to a different process that's happening in the u.s. senate and another all the ate deal that's being worked out between the two senate leaders that could instead end up raising the debt ceiling. a lot of hope is centered there, anderson. >> basically what is that deal, that negotiation based on? harry reid and mitch mcconnell? >> reid-mcconnell deal. it would effectively raise the debt ceiling in a negative vote which would allow for spending cuts tha
of times on the saturday and sunday morning sessions when there is something big going on. you want the principals to get in the room and figure out how they will work this out. you want reid or his representative or mcconnell or his representatives. somebody from the white house to get into a room and talk this thing over and figure out what they will do in the next 48 hours going forward. that is the most important thing. our people will comb the capitol to figure out what the meetings are going on. >> good luck with that. we know about the two proposals by reid and boehner. folks on capitol hill said they are not too far apart. >> no. they are not too far apart. there is tricky stuff in there. one of the things that makes reid different from boehner is reid's plan considers cost savings as the winding down of the iraq and afghanistan wars. that is $1 trillion of difference. the boehner plan doesn't consider the winding down of the afghanistan and iraq wars. another thing that is in there that is very different from the democrat and republican ideas is boehner has this balanced bu
questions. on the one hand, he loses a day and there are only six days to go. so that is a big deal. the other thing is that what is more important is the loss perhaps in credibility. the speaker said his plan was going to, you know, save something like over a trillion dollars. but it only saves about $850 billion. so that's a bill difference, too. a question of credibility. on the other hand, he buys some time, because there are a number of people in the house of representatives, some of whom who actually spoke out last night and said this thing is not going to pass. i'm not going to vote for it. he gets a little bit more time to try to drum up the support he needs, because once he puts something on the floor, he has got to get a yea vote. >> all right. dan, you know, there is some talk of a band-aid slash patch approach. what would that do? >> reporter: well, look. a message you've heard from the white house last week or so, that the president does not embrace a short-term deal, but if, in fact, it does appear that there is some compromise happening, that both sides have agreed to
tennessee. can they sell it to the house republicans? >> that's a big question. i think what we saw today both from president obama and someone like lamar alexander is this isolation that going on of the house republicans, saying, look, the gang of six got a deal, that's why president obama went out this to say it. mitch mcconnell's got a backup plan. john boehner and i were kind of working together and, well, who's out of that picture? the house republicans. and the polls are increasingly showing that the house republican point of view is not popular with the american public. i mean, there's a "washington post" out -- poll out tonight that says that more than three-quarters of americans see the republican leadership as being too resistant. >> however, however, let's listen as we go back to kate bolduan on the hill, the democrats are reading the polls. the democratic leadership going to the floor essentially saying, republicans, why are you wasting our time? >> the public has had it with this theater of the absurd that's going on. they want congress to come together as our president has s
this if there is a framework. they are pushing for something big. trils of dollars in deficit savings the course of ten years. reminder of the moving parts that a deal like that would require the next several days major spending cuts, tax reform, entitlement reform and if democrats in the white house were to get their way, tax increases. you can see that is pretty much a heavy lift and so you still have a lot of people looking to a more modest deal that the top democrat and republican in the senate, harry reid and mitchell mcconnell are trying to work out which would be more spending cuts and perhaps more modest and perhaps giving the president the unenviable position to have to increase the debtcele himself with a minority support from congress. >> brianna keilar, thanks. >>> government is scrambling to pay its bills here is something americans don't want to hear. billions of dollars in your tax money is being wasted in afghanistan or worse. a new federal audit says that some of that cash may be funding, are you ready for this? the same insurgency that is killing americans. chris lawrence is at the pentagon
the big one. that's it for "reliable sources." i'm howard kurtz. join us sunlds morning 11:00 a.m. eastern for another critical look at the media. "state of the union" with candy crowley begins right now. >>> it's hard to find common ground when nobody budges. today, meetings without movement. the administration's take from treasury secretary tim geithner. >> it's unthinkable that this country will not meet its obligations on time. it's just unthinkable we'd ever do that. >> the leadership view from house republican tom price. then senior democratic senator dianne feinstein. and presidential politics with governor tim pawlenty in iowa, doing what it takes. >> t-paw! >> he's the president. come on out to the lawn of the white house with a microphone and tell us your plan on entitlement reform. and he won't do it because he doesn't have the courage to do it. >> i'm candy crowley. and this is "state of the union." >> late into the night, leaders scrambled for a last-minute debt deal, a two-step plan that would raise the debt ceiling through 2011 in exchange for about a trillion dollars in spe
said it was going to -- said it was going to. here's why it's such a big problem. because of speaker boehner, he said there's one major principle, you'll remember, jessica, as they moved forward to raise the debt ceiling, that the amount of the cuts be greater than the amount they raised the debt ceiling. and in this legislation right now is called for raising the debt ceiling by $900 billion, $850 billion, is less than $900 billion, so know that's a problem. policy aides are scrambling to try to rewrite the legislation to make their way forward. we know they're aiming for a vote tomorrow, but we don't know if they can promise it quite yet. we got a speaker from speaker boehner's spokesman, this coming from michael steele, in response, in reaction to the cbo, michael steele said we're here to change washington, no more spoke and mirrors or phantom cuts. we promised we'd cut more than the debt ceiling. as we speak, congressional, are looking at options to rewrite the legislation to meet our pledge. this is what can happen when you have an actual plan and submit all it really seemed to
>> huh. >> but obviously it was a bad attack. but a big, sophisticated attack is how this official is putting it. and they also said it could be international, or it could be domestic norwegian. again, very early to make that assumption or that conclusion. >> right. early hours, a lot of information still to come out. i appreciate it. . let's continue this breaking news coverage with my colleague wolf blitzer. >>> a bombing shatters norway to its core. and a shooting at a youth camp. president obama asking for a dialling back of the demonizing. ten days before the deadline, one republican plan gets a firm smackdown in the u.s. senate. and some surprising new movement in the republican presidential race. we're going to tell you who's suddenly making a strong impression on potential voters. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." the breaking news this hour, a city known for peace making is reeling in terror. norwegian leaders holding a crisis meeting tonight after a deadly bomb attack in oslo and the shooting at a labor party youth camp outside the norwegian capital. at least seve
and he has made you laugh and being a big part of making the mornings special for you. we want to leave on an updetroit note. good luck to you, kiran. it's 9:00 a.m. on the east coast and 6:00 a.m. on the west coast. i'm kyra phillips. >>> a race against the debt deadline. a revolt among house republicans forces a critical vote to be delayed. police in texas say a muslim american soldier confessed to plotting an attack on ft. hood just two years after a muslim officer shot to death 13 people on that same base. >>> tropical storm don could hit the south texas coast tonight and drought-stricken farmers are welcoming the prospect of up to 7 inches of rain. >>> we begin with that sobering reality check on the debt crisis and just how daunting the challenge has become. in less than four days, the federal government could run out of money and default on its bills. but on capitol hill, the process has taken a huge step back. house speaker john boehner abruptly delayed a vote on his debt plan because of a revolt within his own party. joe johns is in washington with more on the political battle
as people pay money to pose with the bike. >> i think there's a big bike ride across iowa where they start at the missouri river and they end up at the mississippi river, i bet that's part of this. >> that's good stuff, people enjoying themselves outside whether it's hot or not. thanks, jacqui. >>> guess what? the murphs, they're back, and on the big screen. these little guys are looking to make a whole lot of green. >>> cowboys, aliens and some little blue cartoon characters, they're all hitting the big screen this weekend and our movie critic gray drake joins us. last week you had a little tinker bell thing, i was expecting to see a blue cowboy hat today. >> well, tinker bell has flown away to never land and my cowboy hat i left at home. >> rock star katie perry, among those finding her way into the smurf's movie. she's being a little smurfette. let's check out the gang in blue. >> this summer. [ screaming ] >> do not be fooled by their cuteness. >> now it's allowing you. >> of all the people on the planet, those magical little creatures came to us. >> no, it's not happening. >> ticklish
shows how big this struggle is right now. >> it's adding fodder, too, for the comedians. take a listen. >> our government is days away from being broke. congress' latest plan is to see how much cash they can get for john mccain on antiques road show. 33 soldiers from the mexican army were allowed to return to mexico yesterday after they accidently crossed the border into america. did you hear about that some heart. think about it. things have gotten so bad in in country that people are only crossing the border now by accident. according to a recent survey, this year kids are receiving an average of 40 cents less under their pillows from the tooth fairy. enmake believe people are feeling the pinch. >> i don't know, he tried, don't you think? >> i tell you, this crisis is giving late night com he cans a lot of fuel, but unfortunately, it's not a laughing matter. so hopefully something will happen this weekend. >> all right, we'll be paying close attention. all the comedians, as well. >>> a new report now mentions that there is one american company with more money on hand than the governm
no way, that they're not happy with what speaker boehner put forward for them? >> look, that is a big part of whatever takes place here, because they'rele really digging in. there's some house members who say no new taxes whatsoever, even on the wealthy americans, and the president saying that you need to get some kind of revenue here in order to make the system work for the long term health of the economy. that's very important. what can they come up with that can woo over those republicans who are being very clear about not wanting those taxes to go up. >> dan lothian, thank you. >>> all right. so the two plans on the table right, the democratic backed senator reid plan and the republican led plan from senator -- speaker boehner. let's begin with senator reid's blueprint, cuts $2.7 trillion over the next decade. a big piece is what senator reid calls the winding down of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. that will save $1 trillion. republicans have called that a gimmick, savings from wars that are winding down, even though by the way, the same savings were counted in some republican
our fiscal house in order, they say, and they want big spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. i will say, though, house republican leaders, they seem to at least be publicly more open to the idea. john boehner, the house speaker, even saying yesterday that he thinks mitch mcconnell has done very good work. we've also heard from some democrats, suzanne, that they seem to be open to the idea as well. one important point to make. while this doesn't require spending cuts, this mcconnell plan does have a catch. it would force very politically tough votes ahead of the 2012 election that republicans opposed to the debt ceiling could be on the record opposing, and also it's designed to then put the full responsibility of raising this debt ceiling of this new debt right in the lap of the president. there is some planning there. >> kate, how much do you understand what's going on here? obviously you've got the president, you have democrats, you have republicans, but republicans are even divided amongst themselves in this debate and it seems like there is a rift now between john
, a big thumbs down over there, and then -- then -- we will move on. but the number of votes on either side really doesn't matter so much as this number. the number of days and hours now left until the money runs out. this is what we've been warning about for weeks and weeks. still, the vote today was enough to al lookout low the republica spike the ball into boehner's court. and he did so with a vengeance. >> i struck my neck out a mile to try and get in agreement with the president of the united states. i stuck my neck out a mile. and i put revenues on the table. in order to try to come to an agreement to avert us being where we are. but a lot of people in this town can never say yes. a lot of people can never say yes. this house has acted. and it is time for the administration and time for our colleagues across the aisle, put something on the table. tell us where you are! >> well, over in the senate, what they are putting on the table is mr. boehner's bill. they'll kill it over there. that's under way right now. we'll let you wln voting is done on that. this makes the vote tonight i
harry reid speak moments ago, a big thumbs down over there, and then -- then -- we will move on. but the number of votes on either side really doesn't matter so much as this number. the number of days and hours now left until the money runs out. this is what we've been warning about for weeks and weeks. still, the vote today was enough to allow the republicans to spike the ball into boehner's court. and he did so with a vengeance. >> i struck my neck out a mile to try and get in agreement with the president of the united states. i stuck my neck out a mile. and i put revenues on the table. in order to try to come to an agreement to avert us being where we are. but a lot of people in this town can never say yes. a lot of people can never say yes. this house has acted. and it is time for the administration and time for our colleagues across the aisle, put something on the table. tell us where you are! >> well, over in the senate, what they are putting on the table is mr. boehner's bill. they'll kill it over there. that's under way right now. we'll let you when the voting is done on
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's going to have that commission or committee that will comprise the big grand bargain, which is ultimately a $4 trillion plan that will come back to each house not amendable, an up or down vote, and i hope that we can pass something like that so we can get not only the debt ceiling increased, which we have to right now, but we can really do some serious deficit reduction. >> but quickly, if that's what would happen, would it then not have in it the two vote -- the two votes that speaker boehner has in his plan? >> that's probably, at the end of the day, what is going to be the clencher. >> okay. >> but it's going to be a clencher that will have the senator mcconnell provision, which is there's a resolution of disapproval, so, in effect, when the president raised the debt ceiling, it's not going to be disapproved. >> okay. >> and that's the parliamentary machinations that go on. >> the democratic plan being offered by senator reid is near as i can tell here, would give the republicans the two things they have demanded all along, you have one, spending cuts equal to or greater to any increas
. there is big cracks in the ground where they were just little cracks. and it is just getting worse. >> unbelievable. another sign of the worsening drought this week is ponds evaporate, ranchers are selling their cattle early at a loss. this is likely to translate into higher food prices for all of us. >>> just three days until possible default and still no solution in sight. the u.s. senate rejected a u.s. house plan to raise the debt ceiling last night. and in just a few minutes or so, the house is expected to block a senate plan to raise the debt ceiling. democrats and republicans continue to spar on capitol hill. >> this is not a crisis which we couldn't control. this isn't an earthquake or a tornado or a hurricane. it isn't a war. it is a created political crisis. the extension of the debt ceiling has been done routinely 89 times since 1939, 55 times by republican presidents, 34 times by democratic presidents, and president ronald reagan holds the record having extended the debt ceiling 18 times in eight years without a confrontation, without the american economy threatening a
had there. clearly one of the big problems, whichever side of the argument you're on, is the republican party is split, isn't it, between the likes of mr. chaffetz there who are completely resolutes to any concept to raising the debt ceiling or bringing taxation in for earning that way. then you have the others, speaker boehner's corner, who can't get their bill through the senate. where are we with this? >> well, there's clearly a -- an internal battle between on between the republican party now. you have a group of what i would say are extremist tea party republicans who basically have stronglehold over the matter. the details seems to be wagging the dog. in chaffetz who is a nice person, who i've had lovely conversations with on the house floor, really is clearly one of the obstructionists. he says they've bent over backwards? he believes his version of compromise is just the vote to raise the debt ceiling. that's -- at a minimum what we should be doing. that's not a component of compromise. a component of compromise that the american people clearly want us to do i
that you tell us about. you still have time to nominate someone you know who's making a big difference in your community or another community. go to cnnheroes.com. that d's it for us. thanks for watching. have a great weekend. i'll see you on monday. piers morgan tonight starts now. legislation. the proposal i put forward is a compromise. we changed it even more today. we would have changed it even more, but as i indicated on the floor, we had no one to negotiate with. the republican leader said he wouldn't negotiate with me. i don't know whose that is. not mine. >> your pizza's ready. >> it really is a worst possible time to be conducting a filibuster. they are forcing to us wait until tomorrow morning at -- let's see. today is still friday. until sunday morning at 1:00 a.m. to have this vote. our economy hangs on the balance. and for the first time in the history of our country, unless there is a compromise, or they accept my bill, we're headed for economic disaster. it's time for the republicans to step forward. there's been some movement today. we've -- as indicated on the floor, i
the c. and he appeared to be picking up the votes. lesson to shawn duffy. >> is this as big as we wanted to go? heck, no. we wanted to go bigger. we ran on going bigger. but this is the only proposal on the table that accomplishes the goals that we set out to do. >> progress but apparently and this is why we have such a drama unfolding on capitol hill, not enough progress. the speaker is still short the votes. he's delayed the key vote, a key vote to not only if you are sitting at home, maybe you think the debt ceiling should be raised, maybe you should, it's a fundamentally important political showdown, some people think the speaker's hold on his job could be in jeopardy if he loses this vote. let's go to kate bolduan, do they believe they can twist enough arms to get enough votes to pass this tonight? >> reporter: fabulous question this evening and one that is very hard to answer at this moment. i can tell you, let me just give you the lay of the land what you can probably see a little bit of, john, you were talking about the speaker's office, it's right down the hallway, what we're se
people that you tell us about. you still have time to nominate someone you know who's making a big difference in your community or another community. go to cnnheroes.com. that d's it for us. thanks for watching. have a great weekend. i'll see you on monday. piers morgan tonight starts now. for the first time in the history of our country unless there is a compromise or they accept my bill, we're headed for economic disaster. it's time for republicans to step forward. there's been some movement today. as i indicated on the floor, i was having a meeting in my office this afternoon with some splun and that fell through. as they were walking into a conference, three republican senators said they were interested in my bill, interested in compromise. they need to step forward. muns are blocking -- republicans are blocking their ability to kproomize, refusing to negotiate with us. all they do is talk, enough to get done. the house will hold an up or down vote i'm told on my proposal. we should be allowed to do the same. that's all we're asking. it's time for us to be adult. it's time to c
a pass on not writing down whatever they say their proposal is? this has been a big republican complaint. >> i don't think that that -- i think that criticism from the republicans about the white house has been amply duly reported. i think the reporters have been smart and good in pushing back little bit in saying that some of the republican criticism has been sort of hyperbolic in that regard and there actually are plans written down. >> let me get a break. when we come back, the tea party members who keep saying no. are journalists giving them a fair shake? [ jelani ] neither of my parents went to college. something that was drilled in me early on, you know, college is the place for you. it's my number one goal. ♪ students like me, who take these ap math and science classes and have these opportunities, this is where the american dream lies. when i write that book, you know, i plan to dedicate it to my school. ♪ those hopes and dreams that you have, you know, they're within reach. and i'm living proof. [ female announcer ] sweet honey taste. 80 calories per serving. 40% daily value
perspective there. one of the big i guess thought processes on both sides is who loses most. if america goes to default. obviously, number one, the american people. but would it be a massive blow to the democrats or more of a blow to republicans? >> i think it will be a blow to both, probably roughly equal, depending on how you look at it. and i believe it would have to lay mostly at the feet of the president. chief executive of the united states. if you can't get a budget together and deal with debt as chief executive of the country, then you're a pretty weak leader. the reality is -- you have to put this in context. the problem isn't the crisis we're going through right now. the problem is the totally unprecede unprecedented, out of control spending we're doing. the president of the united states has come to congress asking them to increase the debt ceiling more than any president has ever asked, ever. i mean this is way beyond any president has ever asked. he wonders, why do they want to reduce spending? because he's asking for a bigger increase in debt than any president ever asked. >> b
as the vice president and that he says they are fully engaged in serious negotiations. that is a big statement. i'll tell you almost as quickly as we heard that come from the top republican in the senate we also heard from senate majority leader harry reid as he was returning to the capitol from a meeting at the white house with the president. he was asked if they were any closer to an agreement and reid said very firmly no. one reason could be is we're hearing from democratic leadership aides in the senate, the possible pessimism they said republicans have not moved off from their position that they support the house speaker john boehner's bill. what we're seeing a lot of is a lot of back and forth here. it is a very fluid situation as you know, wolf. one thing we're keeping our eye on is potential for a very late night, 1:00 a.m. vote, the first test, a test vote for senator reid's proposal to raise the federal debt ceiling as he's pushing that proposal forward at the same time. >> they need 60 votes for reid's proposal to get through the senate because the republicans at least some of them
this procedural vote to our viewers and what it means. the big vote still to come. >> wolf, they have something in the rules committee that allows members of congress to basically strike the last word if there's ame amendments and stuff that must go to it. this is a procedural vote. >> you used to work for the speaker of the house when he was newt gingrich. >> the motion is the minority party's shot at an alternative. it will be defeated by the majority. >> it's been really intense over these past 24 hours. it looked very gloomy for the speaker, john boehner. all of a sudden they sweetened the pot for the tea party supporters, freshman republicans, and now it looks like he's going to get this language passed. >> a guaranteed vote on the balanced budget amendment. i think that the speaker of the house would not even be bringing this up if he were not absolutely sure that he did not have the votes to pass it which is why he didn't bring it up yesterday. what's interesting about this is we watched for hours last night. people going in and out of his office. pizza being delivered and all the rest.
paint a picture for us about how a newspaper like "news of the world" goes about reporting on such a big story, what the level of the editor, deputy editor, senior reporters, would be in putting together a story like that? >> i think any big story, but for the purpose of process, most stories start out with the reporter and that reporter may be being asked by the news editor to go and investigate a story or they may have brought information about a story from their own contacts to the news editor. it is at that stage in a newspaper where the reporter and news editor discuss the veracity of the information, go out and check the allegations and come back with a more considered view. you can imagine that every newspaper gets a lot of information to the news desk and only a percentage, very small percentage, makes it actually to publication. so there are many layers from reporter to assistant news editor to news editor. finally, the story will go to the back bench which will be the people that will oversee the subbing of that story and the sub will often talk to the reporter directly with qu
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